I am an archaeological conservator working at the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. There I conserve finds from the Center's terrestrial archaeological sites and conduct research in micromorphology, micro-excavation, elemental analysis and computational photography.
I am also an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, where I do research on deep water archaeological preservation. With my wife, Jane Drake Piechota, I run Object and Textile Conservation, a private archaeological conservation practice for institutional clients. I have been a conservator of archaeological artifacts for 43 years initially serving as conservator of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, from 1970 to 1978.